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Cargill to "close Zimbabwe operations"
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:00:00 GMT


International conglomerate Cargill is understood to have closed its Zimbabwe cotton business citing operational challenges.
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US holiday shopping expected "early and often"
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:14:00 GMT


Around three out of five shoppers will begin shopping for the holiday season early this year, new figures suggest.
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Outdoor industry's future must be more inclusive
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:40:00 GMT


"The outdoors is not just for the hardcore outdoorsman," declared NPD's chief industry analyst for sports and leisure trends, Marshal Cohen, at last week's Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) Rendezvous, which took place in Asheville, North Carolina.
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Steve Madden faces lawsuit over 'Zumba Bootie'
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:55:00 GMT


US footwear and accessories specialist Steve Madden has had a trademark lawsuit filed against it by Florida fitness company Zumba Fitness.
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New German Textile Alliance faces industry opposition
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:21:00 GMT


Germany this week launched an alliance of industry groups to work towards concrete improvements in social and environmental standards in the textile and apparel industry - but has faced refusals to join by some organisations.
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Holiday shopping expected early and often
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:14:00 GMT


Around three out of five shoppers will begin shopping for the holiday season early this year, new figures suggest.
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Fire and safety events to converge on Bangladesh
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:52:00 GMT


Several events are set to converge on the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka in December, including the Second International Trade Expo for Building and Fire Safety.
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Marks & Spencer to extend mobile phone monitoring
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:55:00 GMT


Retailer Marks & Spencer is planning to extend a programme that allows it to survey workers in its clothing supplier factories on their mobile phones, following the success of a one-year trial of the scheme.
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Rise in Bangladesh unions leads to calls for cooperation
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:29:00 GMT


The "dramatic" increase in the number of new trade unions in Bangladesh's ready-made garment industry over the last 18 months has also led to calls for greater trust between workers and employers.
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Kering to source crocodile skins from Madagascar
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:07:00 GMT


Luxury goods group Kering, owner of the Gucci, Bottega Veneta and Saint Laurent brands, is backing a project to support the sustainable supply of crocodile skins in Madagascar.
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Urban Outfitters negative sales trend continues
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:07:00 GMT


US lifestyle retailer Urban Outfitters said the negative comparable retail sales it reported in September have continued into its third-quarter.
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Jimmy Choo IPO could boost store count by 50%
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:33:00 GMT


High-end footwear and accessories brand Jimmy Choo could increase its store count by 50% over the next five years, fuelled by cash generated from the sell-off of shares, analysts believe.
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Destination Maternity expands into Israel
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:53:00 GMT


Destination Maternity is to expand into Israel through an international franchise agreement with H&O Fashion Ltd, one of the country's most dominant fashion-retail chains.
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Germany's Textile Alliance faces refusals
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:21:00 GMT


Germany this week launched its Textile Alliance, designed to achieve concrete improvements in social and environmental standards in the textile and apparel industry, but has faced refusals to join by some organisations.
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Impasse on WTO trade package will have "dramatic" impact
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:18:00 GMT


The Foreign Trade Association (FTA) has called for the immediate ratification of the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation, warning of "dramatic consequences" for international commerce.
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International Cotton Association appoints Lea president
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:13:00 GMT


The International Cotton Association (ICA) has appointed Jordan Lea as its president as part of a newly-elected leadership team.
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Shop Direct promotes Jones to deputy CEO role
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:25:00 GMT


Online retailer Shop Direct, operator of the Very and Littlewoods brands, has promoted Gareth Jones to the role of deputy CEO.
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French Connection commits to stop selling angora
Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:46:00 GMT


French Connection has become the latest firm to join a group of apparel companies in banning the use on angora from its future collections following pressure from animal rights group PETA.
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Canada files WTO dispute against China duties
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 17:01:00 GMT


Canada has filed a complaint to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and sought consultations over China's imposition of dumping duties against its exports of a wood pulp used to make rayon for the apparel industry.
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DAK Americas to expand textile PSF capacity
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:35:00 GMT


PET resin producer DAK Americas is undertaking a project to increase capacity of textile Polyester Staple Fiber (PSF) production at its Cooper River Site in South Carolina.
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RedTag deploys supply chain software for growth
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:49:00 GMT


Middle East fast fashion firm RedTag has deployed Infor Supply Chain Execution (SCE) software for its Dubai distribution centre.
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Sears Holdings commences rights offering
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:40:00 GMT


Sears Holdings Corp commenced its rights offering, through which it plans to raise up to US$380m by selling off the majority of its stake in Sears Canada to generate additional liquidity.
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DyStar reduces overall emissions in 2013
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:12:00 GMT


Singapore-based dye manufacturer DyStar said it was able to reduce overall emissions in 2013, as it outlined its sustainability achievements for 2013.
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Costco makes China debut through deal with Alibaba
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:29:00 GMT


US warehouse retailer Costco is making its first move into China by opening an online store on Alibaba Group's Tmall global website.
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China tightens up on corporate social responsibility
Mon, 06 Oct 2014 18:10:00 GMT


Experts on China's textile and apparel industry say that international brands must take increasing care to ensure their sourcing is environmentally and socially responsible, ahead of an anticipated tightening of government restrictions.
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N Brown modernisation could secure strong growth
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:39:00 GMT


Despite N Brown publishing "subdued" first-half results this week, analysts believe its strategic plan is right and anticipate strong medium-term growth.
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SEAMS event to highlight Made in US opportunities
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:43:00 GMT


SEAMS, the National Association for the US Sewn Products Industry, is set to highlight the growing opportunities for US-based textile and apparel at its October Networking Conference.
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EU sets out negotiating stance for TTIP agreement
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:44:00 GMT


Groups representing apparel brands and retailers in both the US and EU have already set out what they see as the key priorities for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) - and now the European Union has revealed its negotiating stance too.
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Abercrombie & Fitch appoints Horowitz to head Hollister
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:21:00 GMT


Abercrombie & Fitch has appointed Ann Inc executive Fran Horowitz as president of its Hollister brand.
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Infor offers new fashion PLM cloud platform
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:09:00 GMT


Software provider Infor has unveiled Infor CloudSuite Fashion, aimed at offering fashion customers "mission critical" applications in the cloud environment.
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European firms urge approval of world customs pact
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:18:00 GMT


The Foreign Trade Association (FTA) has called for the immediate ratification of the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation, warning of "dramatic consequences" for international commerce.
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US shoppers "set to delay" holiday purchases
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:27:00 GMT


More shoppers will wait until Thanksgiving weekend to start their holiday shopping in the US this year, according to a new survey.
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Work underway to develop eco-friendly bamboo fibre
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:38:00 GMT


A US-based company that develops commercial bamboo plantations to provide raw materials that can be converted into textile fibres is to invest in the development of more sustainable pulping facilities.
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US textile innovation hub could "expand re-shoring"
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:50:00 GMT


The creation of a new Fiber & Textile Institute for Manufacturing Innovation (IMI) would be an "opportunity to expand current work on near-shoring and re-shoring" a US industry group says in outlining its support of the plans.
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US retail sales up 4.3% in September
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:57:00 GMT


US retail sales rose 4.3% in September on the same month last year, while clothing sales were up 2.7%, according to US Census Bureau estimates.
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Wal-Mart to ramp up e-commerce investment
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:06:00 GMT


Retail giant Wal-Mart has announced plans to ramp up its e-commerce investment while moderating future physical store growth.
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UPDATE: New JC Penney CEO "credible but no solution"
Mon, 13 Oct 2014 14:28:00 GMT


The appointment of Marvin Ellison to the helm of department-store group JC Penney Company has been described as "a credible hire" but one that offers "no solution" to the retailer's tough structural issues.
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Archroma signs deal to acquire BASF textile chemicals
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:21:00 GMT


Chemical specialist Archroma has entered into a deal to acquire the global textile chemicals business of BASF.
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Puerto Rico seeks partner for port development
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:18:00 GMT


The Puerto Rican government has said it is looking for a major international port operator to partner with on the development of the Port of the Americas.
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Intertek safety initiative targets children's trim suppliers
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:25:00 GMT


A new Trim Qualification Program launched by testing and certification specialist Intertek aims to help children's apparel and footwear firms minimise risks from product recalls and test failures.
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Child labour products still entering US from China
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:07:00 GMT


Products made with child or prison labour or manufactured under poor working conditions in China continue to enter the US, according to a report by The Congressional-Executive Commission on China.
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N Brown strategy could secure strong growth
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:39:00 GMT


Despite N Brown publishing "subdued" first-half results this week, analysts believe its strategic plan is right and anticipate strong medium-term growth.
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Cambodia garment workers campaign for higher wages
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:13:00 GMT


Unions are warning of further protests by Cambodian garment workers after more than 1,000 people took part in demonstrations at the weekend to demand better pay following a delay in announcing a new minimum wage.
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Elle Macpherson Intimates to diversify after US move
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:50:00 GMT


Elle Macpherson Intimates is set to move its operations to the US, expanding into new categories including activewear and swimwear.
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Quiksilver founder to take non-executive role
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:54:00 GMT


Bob McKnight, co-founder and former CEO of surf-led fashion business Quiksilver, is to retire as chairman and take up a non-executive role with the company.
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Sears Holdings exec Boire takes Canada CEO role
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:40:00 GMT


Ronald Boire, the EVP and chief merchandising officer of Sears Holdings' Kmart and Full Line formats has joined the firm's Canadian division as acting president and CEO.
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The Wet Seal axes 78 jobs amid wider cost cuts
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:39:00 GMT


Beleaguered retail business The Wet Seal is cutting 78 jobs as part of plans to trim millions of dollars from its cost base every year.
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ANALYSIS: Factoring - a lifeline for apparel suppliers?
Fri, 26 Sep 2014 15:56:00 GMT


The role played by factoring in the apparel supply chain came under the spotlight last week with reports suggesting that factoring companies have scaled back on coverage to vendors supplying department store retailer Sears Holdings. However, the transaction offers a lifeline to many apparel makers, and is seeing a resurgence as a major source of capital for the industry.
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Tesco backs campaign to end forced labour in Uzbek cotton
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:35:00 GMT


Retail giant Tesco has signed a pledge not to use cotton from Uzbekistan, joining a wider campaign to try to stop the use of forced labour in the country's annual harvest.
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H&M calls for annual wage reviews in Bangladesh
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:01:00 GMT


The chief executive of H&M, Karl-Johan Persson, has highlighted the need for annual wage revisions in Bangladesh in line with local price inflation.
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Core Solutions changes name to CBX Software
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:07:00 GMT


Core Solutions is changing its name to CBX Software to consolidate its global business under the name of its supply chain management software.
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H&M books 8% September sales increase
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:50:00 GMT


Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) has revealed an increase in September sales, in line with analyst forecasts.
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M&S Q2 likely "disappointing" due to weather impact
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:10:00 GMT


The impact of the recent warm weather on high street footfall points to a disappointing second-quarter Marks & Spencer's general merchandise division, analysts believe.
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The Wet Seal axes 78 jobs amid cost cuts
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:39:00 GMT


Beleaguered retail business The Wet Seal is cutting 78 jobs as part of plans to trim millions of dollars from its cost base every year.
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Converse trademark suit targets 31 rivals
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:45:00 GMT


Nike-owned footwear business Converse is suing 31 rivals over claims they infringed the trademark of its Chuck Taylor All-Stars shoes.
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Elle Macpherson to diversify after US move
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:50:00 GMT


Elle Macpherson Intimates is set to move its operations to the US, expanding into new categories including activewear and swimwear.
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Quiksilver founder to take non-exec role
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:54:00 GMT


Bob McKnight, co-founder and former CEO of surf-led fashion business Quiksilver, is to retire as chairman and take up a non-executive role with the company.
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World Bank and WTO join to aid developing trade
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:31:00 GMT


The World Bank Group and World Trade Organization (WTO) have announced plans to co-operate in helping developing countries to reduce trade barriers.
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H&M calls for wage development in Bangladesh
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:01:00 GMT


The chief executive of H&M, Karl-Johan Persson, has highlighted the need for continued wage development through annual revisions in Bangladesh, during a recent meeting with the country's Minister of Commerce.
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Kate Spade confirms Linko CFO appointment
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 10:41:00 GMT


Apparel giant Kate Spade & Company, formerly Fifth & Pacific Companies, has confirmed the appointment of Thomas Linko as chief executive officer.
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Ann Inc shares rise on confidentiality pact
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:12:00 GMT


Shares in women's apparel group Ann Inc rose in early trading as the company revealed it has entered into a confidentiality agreement with private equity firm Golden Gate Capital.
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Amazon launches UK same-day collection service
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:01:00 GMT


Online retail behemoth Amazon has launched a same-day collection service in the UK, making it the group's fastest pick-up service yet.
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Spotlight on...Glenn Murphy's tenure at Gap Inc
Tue, 14 Oct 2014 15:39:00 GMT


Gap CEO Glenn Murphy recently announced his decision to step down in February. He joined Gap as chief executive in 2007. Since then he has been on a mission to shake up the company's supply chain, introduce a wider and more fashionable product range, improve speed to market, and accelerate international expansion and omni-channel capabilities.
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Burberry posts double-digit H1 revenue rise
Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:28:00 GMT


Fashion business Burberry saw first-half revenues top GBP1.1bn, up 14% on an underlying basis, thanks to strong performances across all regions and continued digital growth.
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Bestseller deploys PLM solution to support growth
Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:42:00 GMT


Bestseller Fashion Group China (BFGC) has announced plans to implement a PLM solution provided by Centric Software to improve its business and support growth.
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Accord inspections completed on schedule
Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:00:00 GMT


The Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh has completed its initial round of inspections of more than 1,100 Accord factories, identifying more than 80,000 safety issues in the process.
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Iconix acquires interest in Nick Graham
Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:13:00 GMT


Iconix Brand Group has taken a stake in Nick Graham, which will allow the men's wear lifestyle apparel group to expand its product portfolio and enter new markets.
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Unifi launches new Sorbtek staple fibre
Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:13:00 GMT


Unifi Textiles (Suzhou) Co (UTSC) has unveiled its new Sorbtek staple fibre, which it claims combines the comfort of cotton with the functionality of polyester.
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Burberry in strong position for festive rush
Tue, 14 Oct 2014 14:45:00 GMT


Fashion business Burberry is in a strong position to capitalise on the Christmas rush, analysts believe, after the company this morning (14 October) reported a double-digit rise in first-half revenues.
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Mild September hits UK clothing sales
Tue, 14 Oct 2014 12:28:00 GMT


UK retail sales recorded their worst real terms performance in nearly six years during September, with clothing and footwear the worst-performing categories.
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Wolverine Worldwide ups outlook as Q3 earnings climb
Tue, 14 Oct 2014 12:29:00 GMT


US clothing and footwear business Wolverine Worldwide has upped its full-year earnings outlook after booking an increase in third-quarter earnings and sales.
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Pacific Brands review may drive further divestments
Tue, 14 Oct 2014 11:58:00 GMT


Clothing and footwear business Pacific Brands has said it will consider selling more of its brands as it continues to find ways to drive a better company performance.
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Mulberry issues profit warning as H1 sales slide
Tue, 14 Oct 2014 10:25:00 GMT


British luxury company Mulberry Group has issued another profit warning as it revealed a slump in first-half sales due to continuing headwinds and declining footfall.
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Responsible apparel sourcing requires teamwork
Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:03:00 GMT


Textile and apparel industry executives gathered in London last month to offer advice on some of the strategies they are employing how to help improve efficiency and gain a competitive edge. Responsible sourcing, nearshoring, strong partnerships, and fast response were among the issues discussed at the Fashion SVP conference. Katie Smith reports.
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Juicy Couture to launch in India with Reliance
Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:31:00 GMT


Authentic Brands Group has signed an agreement with Reliance Brands to launch Juicy Couture in India late next year.
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